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    JoAnn's has done it again...............

    I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the JoAnn Fabrics in Roseville, Minnesota (by Rosedale). I was in the other day loading up on what I needed (especially now since prices are skyrocketing all over the place and winter is a'comin'). I needed some white on white and ecru on ecru for sashing and background color in my quilts and thought, end of bolt! So I grabbed up some fabric that had the least amount of fabric on the bolt and this wonderful salesperson at the cutting table explained to me the secret of buying end of bolt fabric. I came home with about eight yards of different designs and saved a "whole bunch of money"! I also had a 40% off and rather than (for my convenience) cut two double sizes and two coverlet sizes, she told me to cut one big piece and save the 40%. It also eliminates a lot of coupons, some of which you can't use anyhow!!!! I did spend a tidy amount of money, but I got enough to make at least four quilts and now I can honestly say, I am looking forward to winter!

    I have a bookcase here full of fabric and I am going to use a lot of it. I have a birthday coming up and my sister said "What would you like for your birthday?" "Fabric - fat quarters." She gets me the most gorgeous pieces of fabric. And they all compliment each other. Some of them I hate to use. But I do - for a special block!!! Ever just like to sit there and look and feel? That's how I get sometimes.

    So, anyhow, I just wanted to say that the people working at the cutting table at my JoAnn's are the best in the US. They know what they are doing, they know tips, they know coloring (if you are in doubt about a color), they are quilters and I just think they are the greatest.

    Happy Quilting!!!!!

    Now, if you will excuse me I am going to sit at my sewing table and sew me up a few blocks before the day starts. Edie
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    I am so glad you have such an enjoyable place to shop. My Joannes is great too...when I am not in for a while, they worry since I spend so much time in the hospital...I also have a wonderful fabric person at my Walmart too..Just because they are big stores doesn't mean they have no service..I think it all depends on the store manager and what they expect from their associates.

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    So please don't keep us in suspense, what is the *secret of buying end of bolt fabric ? I know that for instance if I want 2 1/2 yds of fabric and after rolling it out there's 2 7/8 yds ....they will offer the 3/8 to you for 50% off.... So is that the secret ?

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    SOOOOOOOOOO spill the beans, the secret is........................
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    ​Inquiring minds want to know....?

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    ask for 2 yards and get the 7/8 at 50 off end of bolt has to be less than a yard
    Quote Originally Posted by katydidkg View Post
    So please don't keep us in suspense, what is the *secret of buying end of bolt fabric ? I know that for instance if I want 2 1/2 yds of fabric and after rolling it out there's 2 7/8 yds ....they will offer the 3/8 to you for 50% off.... So is that the secret ?
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    I buy lots of end of the bolts fabrics at JoAnnes and have never gotten a special price or a discount for buying it. I didn't know there could be a special price for buying them. My Daughter was charged full price for remnants that she bought, after checking her receipt she went back in and told them. They gave her back the money she should have saved. We really have to watch the ones we go to, two and our area.
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    I also love end of bolt discounts. Our Joann's has just moved into a new larger and nicer location but I haven't had the opportunity to stop in yet. I try to frequent the LQS as much as possible. We are lucky to have a large number of them within driving distance here in E Iowa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    I also love end of bolt discounts. Our Joann's has just moved into a new larger and nicer location but I haven't had the opportunity to stop in yet. I try to frequent the LQS as much as possible. We are lucky to have a large number of them within driving distance here in E Iowa.
    We've got much better service since the move to the bigger store. I didn't know about the end-of-bolt thing. I do a lot of end of bolt buying. I'll be on the lookout for this bargain.
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    All the stores where I normally shop have end of the bolt discounts. I was at Joanns of REdding CA a few days back to get quarter yards of fancy fabrics for a crazy quilt I am making. I happened to see a lovely bit on a table behind the cutter. By taking the whole piece (1/2 yd), I got it at 50% off. I also got a 10% discount on everything. I showed my guild card and got a discount card at the register.

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    Joann's has always been great at any around my area in Ohio. They are so helpful and patience. By the way I am pretty new to the board and love all the helpful hits on quilting and all the BEAUTIFUL quilts. My favorite time in the morning is reading the new QB.

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    I think like everything else it depends on the store .. My store in GA was not helpful and sometimes could be down right rude. But the one I go to here in VA is helpful and yes they gave me the remnant price without me asking.A friend of mine lives in TX and she told me about the end of bolt and when I asked at mine in GA they said "we can't do that . If its on the bolt it goes for regular price."

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    I was at Joann's last night. Grabbed the coupon for Hobby Lobby instead of Joann's. I get to the checkout and asked the young lady if they accept competitor's coupons and she laughed and said yes. It was a 40 percent off coupon! That was nice.

    Needless to say, they are getting my business.

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    I often tell the cutter to give me what's on the bolt but never been offered or received the end of the bolt discount at the Joann's I go to but I'm going to ask for it next time. Never any mention about discount to guild members either. I have received 50% off of remants so I always browse them. Need some new rulers so that's what my next coupons will be used for. I find that after a few years use the bottom edge where I begin cutting wears away a bit and the cut if off in the corners.

    Gal you made out great with the end of bolts whites, creams and ecru fabrics at your Joann's. That's the fabrics I always try to stock up on when I can get them at good prices as that's the colors I like to use as background in many of my quilts..
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    If there is 1-1/2 yards on the end of the bolt, you can buy 3/4 of a yard and have 3/4 of a yard left over, thereby giving you 3/4 of a yard at half price. Otherwise, you usually buy one yard of fabric and have 1/2 yard left over. This way you have under a yard closest to a yard - you could work 7/8 of a yard also. That, I thought, is what made her a super lady!!!!! Little trick!

    It was nice of her to tell me about it. I knew about the less than one yard on the bolt, but I didn't know how nicely it could be manipulated. Edie
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    If I'm buying from the end of the bolt I will estimate how much is left (count two folds per yard) and subtract 7/8 yd then that is the amount I ask for, then the sales person offers me the remainder for 50% off. If my coupon is 50% off then I don't bother.
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    The "secret end of bolt discount" also works on clearance fabric! The clearance prices aren't such a bargain these days unless you purchase when they are on sale for 1/2 off the clearance price. Then ask for an amount leaving less than 1 yard on the bolt and get the "remnant" for 1/2 off the current 1/2 off price! You may have to ask if they will discount the remainder, as some of the cutters don't know or don't offer it, and are pretty quick with the scissors. A nice woman at the fabric counter clued me into this when I told her I was getting fabrics for some pillowcase and dresses donation sewing. Sometimes I do ask how much is left on the bolt, then say I really only need an amount which leaves about 3/4 yard, and then ask about the discount if they don't offer it.

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    I was in Joanne's in Idaho Falls and received some end of bolt discounts and the 20% senior discount. I was happy with the better quality too. I was not able to find many neutrals but I guess others beat me to them.

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    The only time I get an end of bolts discount at Joanns is when there is less than a half a yard left over from what I want to purchase. I always say yes I'll buy the left over since its a great reduced price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey View Post
    I often tell the cutter to give me what's on the bolt but never been offered or received the end of the bolt discount at the Joann's I go to but I'm going to ask for it next time. Never any mention about discount to guild members either. I have received 50% off of remants so I always browse them. Need some new rulers so that's what my next coupons will be used for. I find that after a few years use the bottom edge where I begin cutting wears away a bit and the cut if off in the corners.

    Gal you made out great with the end of bolts whites, creams and ecru fabrics at your Joann's. That's the fabrics I always try to stock up on when I can get them at good prices as that's the colors I like to use as background in many of my quilts..
    In my experience, both at JoAnn's and at Wal-Mart, it depends on the cutter's knowledge of how fabric should be sold. Experienced cutters or people who sew and buy fabric themselves always offer the end of bolt discount. Others are more literal and charge you full price for whatever is left on the bolt.

    I wish our JoAnn's was as good as the one the first poster described. If you're lucky enough to get the manager at our store, she'll readily offer discounts; if you get one of the young men who work there or a new employee it's a different story. We have 3 places to buy fabric: JoAnn's (not what it used to be), Wal-Mart (if you can find someone to cut fabric!) and Hobby Lobby (always tidy and has permanent discounts but employees can be rude). I'm showing my age now, but I miss shopping for fabric at Penney's and Sears and I miss our Hancock's, long gone. Quilt shops here don't last long; there are none here now that I know of.

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    The best secret to end of bolt specials is to NOT say how much you want, take the bolt up to the cutting counter, and ask how much is left on the bolt. Then hem and haw until the wonderful lady (or guy) behind the counter says, "If you take all of it I can give it to you for 20% off." As long as you finish off the bolt, you get the deal on whatever yardage is left. You don't really need to hem and haw-I just do that because I am standing there going 90 miles an hour in my head on what I can do with it--lol. The 20% is for the entire amount left on the bolt, not what is left after asking for a certain amount. That is my experience anyway with 'end of bolts'. I don't go to Hancock Fabrics and ask for it nor expect the deal though. Our local one does not honor this anyway. But our LQS and several others I have been to will do this. Kudos to LQS's!
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    I am very happy that you found such a wonderful Joann employee, unfortunatly they are few and far between. I live near a very large store and the employees, are over worked and underpaid and their attitudes reflect it. The store is always dirty, and the fabric in disarray, doesn't matter the time of day or day of the week..... I avoid that store at all costs.....
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    awesome colors and work there. thanks for sharing. Hugs to you and yours

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    My Joann's in Texas won't give end of bolt reduced prices. If it is on the bolt you pay full price. If 1/8 or 1/16 of a yard is left, they will cut it off and leave it on the bolt for someone else to put with the remnants. No bargains there and no extra inches in their cuts to make sure you get a straight edge. I try never to buy there.

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    When I worked at Joann's anything less than a yard over what you ask for that is left on the bolt, they usually offer it to you at 50% the current price. It was at least 10 years since I paid to work there :-) but I never was told about an end of bolt discount. I got my first cat when I worked there, named her Remnant.

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